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Stella Is the New Multi-Storey Italian Haunt Opening on Chapel Street Next Month

South Yarra's getting a modern Melbourne take on the classic trattoria, complete with its own rooftop bar.
By Libby Curran
August 03, 2022
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By Libby Curran
August 03, 2022
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One name, many faces. That's what you can expect when Italian-leaning newcomer Stella opens her doors next month, showing off four distinct offerings across four stylish levels in the heart of South Yarra.

The heritage-listed corner building will soon be home to a contemporary Aussie take on the classic Italian trattoria, with a chic fitout led by Sum Design Studio and Projects of Imagination. It's named after the daughter of owner Ali Mousavi.

Stella's basement level will feature an impressively stocked wine cellar and private dining room for ten, leading up to the ground floor restaurant, where a circular pizza bar takes centre stage and a Marana Forni oven is the hero of the kitchen.

Venue Manager Paul Mitchell, owner Ali Mousavi and Executive Chef John Park

Executive Chef John Park (Vue de Monde, 400 Gradi) is heading up the food offering, with a menu starring pizzas crafted on a signature dough recipe passed down through generations. Plenty more Italian influence shines through the lineup of share plates and classic regionally-inspired mains.

Meanwhile, the level above the restaurant is set to play host to a relaxed drinking destination complete with fireplace and velvet seating, where you can cosy up with bevs and bar snacks. And you'd best believe there's a rooftop crowning the whole thing, boasting its own vertical garden and offering a primo spot to kick back with some of the bar's reimagined classic cocktails.

Stella is set to open at 427 Chapel Street, South Yarra, in September. We'll share more details as they drop.

Published on August 03, 2022 by Libby Curran
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